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Many people live a busy lifestyle. Running here and there, trying to make ends meet, leaves little or no room for exercise. However, the presence of a dog can benefit one immensely so that one will have a healthy and fit life. 

The dog did not just become a man's best friend by chance. There are many ways in which the possession of a dog makes your life better. Besides making you happy and being a loyal companion, there are many ways and activities you have with your dog that keep you active, healthy, and sane. 

1. Increased Activity

There is a saying that a tired dog is a well-behaved dog, which is valid for every dog. Also, the only way to wear out a dog is through increased physical activity. This comes from various activities you have with your dog, like playing fetch, going on a walk, riding a bicycle, and having the dog run after you. 

According to a study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, dog owners that walk their dog will likely participate in at least 150 minutes of physical activities every week. Walking is not the only physical activity you can try with your dog. You can swim, hike, play, hide and seek, etc. With such physical activity comes reduced and healthy weight, and a lower chance of heart issue. 

2. Hide and Seek Game

Humans and pets alike benefit from the game of hide and seek. It will induce giggles, make the parties involved happy and the running around keeps everyone active. When done in the winter, hide and seek can help get rid of winter blues. 

Be sure to get creative when playing hide and seek with your pup. It can be indoor in which you will hide under the bed or behind the curtain in another room and beckon on your dog to find you. Make sure you have a treat handy, as it will encourage Fido to come to get you. 

Also, you can hide the treat and challenge your dog to find it. Make sure the treats are not hard to find as it can discourage them. With time as your pet gets the hang of the game, you can increase the difficulty. 

People who will like to try hide and seek outside, make sure to shop dog shoes to keep her comfortable while running and walking. Also, it can prevent frostbite if the game is in the winter. This game will entertain the dog, keep you active as you run to hide, and help your dog obey commands. 

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3. They Help keep Stress Down

One of the attributes that make a dog stand out is its loyalty. They are terrific companions that are always there for their owners. There are many times that our dog will cheer us up after a horrible day. A dog is a strong calming force that provides impressive comfort in trying times. 

Besides providing comfort, there is a study that reveals that when a man and a dog have eye contact, there is a release of oxytocin in both parties. It is safe to assume that the reason why the bond between a dog and its owner is powerful is the release of this hormone. This can also be linked to the reduction of stress in people. 

4. Go for a Hike

This is different from going for a walk. A hike is a trekking journey to a pretty distant place as a result; make sure to prepare yourself and the dog before time. Pack all essentials like hats, treats, scarves, water, winter boots if you are going during the winter. There are insulated doggie booties that can keep them warm and comfy for the journey.

This activity increases your heartbeat and that of the dog, ensuring that all essential body parts get oxygen. To spice things up, you can go for a hike up on the mountain. Your dog can motivate you to keep going even if it seems hard. 

5. Keeps You Motivated

Humans might find all the excuses in the world not to have a workout, but a dog is naturally active, except there is an underlying health condition. As a result, owning a dog might be the motivation you need to work out because a dog will not share in your excuse, and they also have a way of making you know that they need their daily work. 

This motivation can go a long way to keep you on top of your fitness game. Besides, when getting a dog, one of the essential things you learn is that a dog needs regular physical activity, the simplest which is walking. With this, it automatically adjusts your schedule so that you get to create time for her, and you benefit from such activity as well. 

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Conclusion 

It is general and acceptable that people who own a dog live a healthy and higher quality of life than others. Getting a dog can be one of the best investments to help you stay on top of your fitness goals. 

You will get many benefits from owning a dog, one of which is improved physical activity and fitness.

Photo by Treddy Chen on Unsplash

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